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We hold these truths to be self-evident: Four score and seven years ago, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria sailed the ocean blue in order to form a more perfect union.

Oh wait. That’s wrong. Get your facts straight on the most patriotic day of the year with help from this slew of blogs, all packed to the brim with (accurate) American history.

1. Boston 1775
Did you know Ben Franklin had his own phonetic alphabet? He found c, j, q, w, x, and y to be “confusing.” (Ben, there is nothing confusing about the word clothing.)

2. UNHISTORICAL
Disregard the name. It is historical. Read up and regurgitate during, uh, dinner dates.

3. Threaded
Fast fact: Mrs. Lincoln’s much-coveted White House dressmaker was a former slave. Read more on this Smithsonian blog.

4. I’m Remembering!
Utterly nostalgic things from the 80s and 90s (like OshKosh B’gosh) count as American “history”… right?

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July 4, 2013

 
Get excited. None other than Annie Dean, blogger and food extraordinaire, let us in on her quintessential summer dessert (and how you – yes you – can make it at home) just in time for the Fourth of July spread:

Summer is the season, unquestionably, to bake pies. Growing up, my mom used to bake us all sorts of pies. Blueberry. Peach. Strawberry Rhubarb. We’d never eat them hot, though. After they came out of the oven, we’d let them cool off by an open window in the kitchen and then pop them in the fridge overnight. By breakfast we’d be ready for a slice: the perfect relief from the morning heat. For her pie recipes, my mom has always relied on McCall’s Superb Dessert Cookbook by Mary Eckley, the then-food editor of McCall’s magazine. And for good reason: Mary Eckley was my mom’s godmother. Try this blueberry pie. You’ll forget winter even exists.

Blueberry Pie

McCall’s Blueberry Pie

Filling

  • 2 pints of blueberries, rinsed, patted dry and picked through to remove obvious stems
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • dash of salt

 
Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted before measuring)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

 

To make filling:
Place blueberries in a bowl and add 1 cup sugar mixed with 1/4 cup flour and a dash of salt. Toss until thoroughly coated.

To make crust:
Sift flour with salt into medium bowl. With pastry blender or two knives, using a short, cutting motion, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Quickly sprinkle ice water, one tablespoon at a time, over all of pastry mixture, tossing lightly with a fork after each addition and pushing dampened portion to side of bowl (pastry should be just moist enough to hold together, not sticky). Shape the pastry into a ball and wrap in wax paper until ready to use. When ready, divide in half and flatten each half with palm of hand.

Roll out each half into a 12-inch circle, rolling with light strokes from center to edge. As you roll, alternate directions. Fold bottom pastry in half and carefully place in a buttered pie dish, taking care to ensure that fold is in the center of the pie dish. Unfold and fit carefully into pie plate, leaving some pastry overhanging on the sides. Cut top pastry into 12 1-inch slices.

Once the bottom crust of the pie has been added to the pie dish, add your filling and make your lattice-top crust. Crimp the edges with a fork and pop in the oven at 425°F for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and filling is fizzling out of the top crust.

Expert tip:
Protect your crusts with a makeshift crust protector. Cut a circle of aluminum foil larger than the circumference of the pie. Cut out a large hole from the center of the foil, just an inch or so smaller than the circumference of your pie. When placed over the pie, the foil will fit just over the crimped edges of the crust. After 20 minutes of baking, add the crust protector to prevent the edges of your crust from over-browning.

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June 30, 2013

Bloggers

The Fourth of July just might be the best holiday. (We have a penchant for sparklers.) And these bloggers channel all that glorious red, white, and blue like pros.

1. Say Yes to Hoboken
Actually, forget Hoboken. Say yes to these just-patriotic-enough yogurt-dipped strawberries and blueberries.

2. Mrs. Lilien
Sure, it’s gone hipster. But think about how pretty a slew of PBRs will look when set against this tablescape…

3. Atlantic-Pacific
Fact: Simply no one does red, white, and blue quite like our old standby, Blair.

4. Little Green Notebook
Go on, paint stars on your ceiling like Jenny did. (Bonus points if you paint exactly 50.)

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June 27, 2013